A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

by Cherise Holt, Nurse, Australia. 

At times throughout life we may find ourselves searching for a fresh start, to create a new relationship with food and exercise, or to eliminate any form of sickness that our bodies have suffered, or to rid the body of its accumulated toxins and the harmful substances we have poured into it, such as drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, sugar and gluten.

The objective is usually to live with greater vitality and physical energy in our day-to-day routines, where we feel well in our minds and bodies and can live a happy and healthy life.

A quick internet search indicates that there are many products and diet plans out there customised for just this kind of goal. You can cut out fat or carbs, juice every fruit or vegetable under the sun, eat only raw foods or invest in a lemon tree. If you don’t want to look at the food you are eating, you can book yourself in for a colon cleanse or attend a health retreat where all is organised for you. Most detox plans are marketed to increase weight loss, gain a ‘bikini body’ for summer or create a fresh start towards a healthier way of living.

But what happens to us and our bodies when the detox program is complete?

Do we return to our old behaviours and patterns, find ourselves frustrated or deflated when the body physically changes in a way we do not like or when we find ourselves feeling sick, uncomfortable and discontent in our own skin once again?

What would a successful detox actually look like for true health and wellness?

Well I can share this with you, as I have just completed a detox program with a Universal Medicine practitioner. The program consisted of 12, one-hour sessions including chakra-puncture and a supportive consultation in which to share whatever I was feeling.

When I first attended, I had already decided to eliminate sugar from my diet as I didn’t like the side effects in my body. During the first session, I was able to say that the detox program for me was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be. 

Detox was never about a goal, or attaining something (be that a physical change or an improvement of me) by its completion; instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could. It was with my own sense of responsibility that I knew it wasn’t about my practitioner providing a solution to any issues; she was simply providing a space for me to re-connect to myself and inspiringly shared with me from her own experiences and way of living. We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.

I was continually amazed by the opportunity that presented in each session, to be honest with any emotional issues, old patterns of behaviour and ways of living – some felt like I had been repeating them for lifetimes! And yet the compassion I chose to gift myself allowed me to know that these old ways don’t have to define who I am today, and once declared and seen for what they are I can choose otherwise. When we become aware of how we have lived with ourselves and others, the opportunity is there to make new and more supportive choices – isn’t this beautiful!

My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me. I had an openness to whatever was to come up in my life and a dedication to living in a more loving, harmonious, joyful and truly well way. With a deep commitment to me – and life – my detox was supporting my whole way of being. I chose the support of a practitioner who I know already lives this way, who only shares from her way of living, never imposes and who radiates true responsibility and integrity.

A truly supportive detox is like the blossoming of a beautiful rose…

When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud.

Over time we grew to accumulate many beliefs, ideals, constraints and contracted ways of being that resulted in damaged petals, hurt feelings and hardening to protect ourselves from the world around us.

But our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.

It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassionso that we may unfold – returning to cherish and accept who we are and live the love we know ourselves to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

907 thoughts on “A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

  1. I find that detoxing can only be part but never the whole answer. For example if I find myself eating too much foods that I know are not right for me and detox these out my diet, my body has less tendency to reach for them but I cannot say I’ve truly discarded them without understanding first and foremost what led me to eat foods that ultimately harm me in the first place.

    1. So true.. things only change when we’re prepared to get super honest with ourselves and feel into the root causes of our patterns and choices-simply by opening up to feel more, within. Otherwise we just end up making superficial choices and transferring habits and patterns into other areas of our lives.

  2. It is like tasting the truth and going for it, but when it comes to living it in a consistency and its resulting responsibility people shy away and turn back to their old comfortable behaviours.

  3. What if we live a life in constant detox- meaning not putting things and thoughts into it, that are poisoning its purity?Then you would never have the need to go for a detox like many people do in todays world. What is though interesting, we all feel, that what we do is not true, otherwise we would not look out for a detox in the first place.

    1. Stefanie Henn-Hecke, you have simply exposed the games we play with ourselves
      ‘What is though interesting, we all feel, that what we do is not true, otherwise we would not look out for a detox in the first place.’

  4. If you told most people that the reason for doing a detox “was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be”, they would either be totally shocked or think you were having them on. But I totally understand why you would feel to do this, as for me, living as a woman in this world has been a very challenging time as everything is set up for me to not discover who I truly am, but to convince me that I need to be what society expects; to play by the ‘rules’. What a lot of toxicity must be held in my body from not living who I naturally am, toxicity that absolutely needs to be flushed out of every particle of my being.

  5. A true measure of a detox is how we are after it finishes, have we changed or have we just had a respite from our norm and now come back to it. When we are ready to look at how we live and to understand that we don’t need to hold onto those old ways, a detox becomes something very different, a way to observe how we are and consider whether our ways of being do in fact work for us or not, and to know that we do not have to keep them, it can provide a space for us to let go, a deeply beautiful process we can surrender to.

  6. We can offer ourselves a fresh start by detoxing our body or through the choices we make, when we realise that we have certain patterns that are not supportive we have an opportunity to let go of those choices and get to the bottom of where those choices came from in the first place.

  7. I like this part about not having a goal for your detox, and instead simply bringing yourself to each session and to see what comes next. I like this because it feels more natural, like it is a part of the natural flow and rhythm of life.

  8. “My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me.” Bringing this responsibility to everything about our lives and not just our internal ‘cleansing and clearing’ suggests that the detox program you chose offered a much deeper and more supportive way for you to continue to make changes to your life once it was complete.

  9. On one hand we could say that life in general is so full of disinformation that we have to be on a permanent detox… and this always starts with …. Breathing gently.

    1. I’d agree because if not then that’s when things go pear-shaped if I am not present with myself or knowing the quality of how I am breathing or walking as very simple examples.

  10. I have received two chakrapuncture detox and with both of them I have been really transformed from the very roots of what I wanted to change in my life. After them, I had access to a deeper and clearer space within me, which is reflected in my expression since then.

    I love the rose’s analogy, as it’s like that how it feels… a discard of what I’m not anymore (by choice and commitment) and a crystal blossoming of who I truly am.

  11. It’s the ultimate detox, letting go of all that is not love to become more love. Once love is in place everything else (diet, exercise, etc) takes care of itself.

  12. Great point about how when our bodies feel looked after, fully supported, tended to and loved, we can start to deal with our deeper issues that we may have buried. If we’re stressed and anxious all the time, there’s no way that we can connect to the body on a deeper level to start to resolve and let go of any issues that we’ve held onto and possibly buried more deeply within.

  13. Tenderly shared thank you Cherise. I am currently on a detox and whilst I initially said that I wanted to look at practical things like diet and sleep what has unfolded for me is exploring the underlying beliefs that keep me following the same self sabotaging paths but with understanding and compassion of my past choices and not judging myself for them but adjusting my movements to support me to detox unsupportive patterns and reconnect to my purpose and what I am here to deliver.

  14. To truly detox is to let go of energy that is stagnant in our bodies. This is the only poison because it leaves the body tired, exhausted even and illness and disease occurs – for the body has to get rid of the energy that does not belong inside. Imagine the constant fight we are under within ourselves when allowing this type of energy to enter.

  15. I have just started a detox programme myself with an esoteric practitioner and my body is responding by letting me know so much more clearly what it really needs. In my case I have been wanting to go to bed earlier and have been sleeping more deeply and for longer. I feel less hungry and am inspired to get on with things that I have been letting slide. I can feel not only the deeper honesty but the deeper love that is calling me to care for myself and I am enjoying the feeling that a fuller appreciation of myself brings. I have also had intense headaches and I feel these are showing me how much I have been trying to go it alone and not gather the support that I have needed. My acceptance of myself with the letting go of what might have been is also taking place – and all this within a week of starting the programme. These detox sessions are awesome as we are offered a clearing for our way forward. Highly recommended.

  16. It is one of God’s greatest gifts that no matter what “our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.”

    1. And when you observe how the majority of humanity lives, and when I am honest about how I have lived, we have all accumulated so many ‘poisons’, toxins which permeate every particle of our body and every part of our lives, holding us back from the living the amazing life we were all naturally born to live. To let these poisons go offers us the opportunity to begin to live life anew.

    2. So true Viktoria and it is the behavioural patterns that we have which do not express the truth of who we are which are the most toxic.

  17. It is awesome to recognise that there is the possibility of living without issues dominating our everyday, knowing of course that there will always be something or many things to be working on and developing understanding with, but that these need not be the overall factor of life, that there can in amongst all of this still be joy.

  18. It makes sense to cleanse ourselves of toxins we have allowed in, but we have to learn to stop putting it in in the first place. Some toxins are very obvious but some are not, especially our thoughts/behaviour patterns can be so ingrained and we often don’t even realise the level of toxins we have accepted as our make-up.

    1. This is a brilliant point Fumiyo, our thoughts and behaviours can actually be much more toxic than what we choose to eat or drink, and these are ultimately what can lead us to physically consume toxins.

  19. After many detoxes ( and diets) we can revert back to our previous lifestyle, so no true new way of living gets a chance. I love your analogy of the rose blossoming as it evolves from a bud into a full blown thing of beauty. Nothing stays the same and we always have that opportunity to evolve too, depending on our choices and alignment.

  20. The fact is we all have direct access to a far greater intelligence that is always communicating with us, sending us signals that we do actually sense in ways such as ‘I feel like I need a change’, or ‘I am never doing that again’ or ‘something does not feel right’. However, we have been raised to avoid and disregard this sense along with the messages we receive from our bodies that we do we feel, as such we have no foundation in which to take heed and honor what this intelligence is communicating to us. It is incredibly empowering when we initiate an open and honest relationship with our body and when we begin to honor what is communicated as we develop a deeper connection to our being and what feels to be in line with this quality and what does not, be it behaviors, emotions, food, lifestyle choices or otherwise.

    1. Yes the body is always communicating with us but for so many of us we have had lifetimes of disregarding this. In choosing to reconnect to our body and its loving messages we are offering ourselves the opportunity to feel the settlement of coming home and the enormous love that we are being offered to support us in making honouring choices for ourselves and others.

  21. Once we have made a number of fresh starts and things are going well it becomes a case of building on what is there. We may at times still have to come to a complete stop and it can be a big stop, though, so Cherise, your point is well made.

  22. “A truly supportive detox is like the blossoming of a beautiful rose…” A beautiful analogy Cherise. As with the rose, as it blossoms and flourishes it reaches a point where its old petals fall away, but the plant that grew it is still intact and will keep producing new blooms that also will eventually fade and fall away. How simple and refreshing to see that our own lives have this same rhythm, and that we can just as easily let go of what is no longer needed, to allow for what is within us to bloom forth.

    1. Yes breaking patterns of holding onto beliefs and behaviours that no longer support and blossoming in the radiance of our loving selves.

  23. A fresh start – I have found that changing my movements gives me a fresh start every moment, many times a day, allowing me to recover or expand.

  24. ‘Detox was never about a goal, or attaining something (be that a physical change or an improvement of me) by its completion; instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could.’ Beautifully put Cherise, when we have no goal and no expectation but an honesty and a readiness to unfold the layers of how we have been living, we are often surprised with how deep we are able to go, and what we are able to let go of.

  25. “But what happens to us and our bodies when the detox program is complete? Do we return to our old behaviours and patterns…?” The diet industry relies on this way of living – go on a diet – lose some weight – put it back on – diet again. So the cycle continues. Only when we truly love and nourish ourselves and feel from our body what is true for us will we break this cycle and live a more responsible and healthy way of living.

  26. I don’t think we realise the degree of illusion we live under when it comes to food. Everyone has an opinion of what is good and not so good for you to eat and then come the many rules, diets, ideals and beliefs that dictate a certain way to be. All of it under the one massive umbrella of ‘food consciousness’ that never goes anywhere near the real issue, which is never about food but about how aware we really want to be.

  27. The Rose – What a beautiful analogy for a true detox – letting go of the old outer petals (habits, ideals, beliefs) and coming back to the delicacy of the ever blooming rose bud within (our essence).
    “When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud”.

  28. ‘…instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could.’ When we try to fix things from the perspective of not being good enough we tend to go into self-bashing and judgment of ourselves hardening as we go. However, if we just observe what is going on for us from a place that knows we are already whole, we can bring a different relationship to what we are observing. It is amazing how many times I have been able to let go more from this place, leaving myself connected and content to be where I am at understanding how my choices have contributed to how my body is feeling.

  29. ‘We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.’ Only then a detox can be a true detox.

  30. I love your point about there being no end, I think a lot of people hear detox and consider it a means to an end and that there is an end point where everything is cleared and done and perfect, instead of a detox being a support in discarding the things that keep us from naturally being who we are and understanding we’re not designed to be perfect and that there’s always work to be done and it’s an amazing process to undertake.

  31. Our detox is not complete until we reign in every last thread of our self that has frayed from the rich tapestry of us. This is a process that can take many lives of dedicated work until will once more stand bathed in the light of who we truly are and are no longer dominated by the shadows that have sought to diminish this glory.

  32. This is a great point – a detox or a diet for something in the future needs determination, sometimes a lot of it and once the determination is gone, the retox and weight gain can start. Doing something that works and is enjoyable now is very different as it needs no determination.

  33. “We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.”

    Love what you share here Cherise, let’s a lot of us ‘off the hook’ so to speak to come up with solutions, or fill our need to be right…just allow the space.

  34. A detox is so much more than ridding the body of built up toxins from food, sugar, alcohol or drugs, what about all our emotions and toxic thoughts as they become a poison in the body that are very damaging as well and need removing so we can feel more of who we truly are. Great blog Cherise, and a reminder of the power of a detox that not only cleanses the body but the entire being.

  35. A description of a detox in its truest sense – supporting the release of emotion from the body physically as well as energetically allowing way for the true expression to be.

    1. Yes, it could make sense that emotions are stored in the body – how else could ailments like arthritis be associated with anger? If they can be stored, then presumably they could also be released.

  36. ‘a collaboration of self perceptions and past experiences’ this brilliantly captures how we can trap ourselves in old ways and when we shine a light on them, it’s an opportunity, and so great to be reminded of this, that we can let them go and allow new ways of being that are there ready for us when we choose.

  37. I think a lot of times detoxes are approached as a ‘quick fix’ or a thing that will bring some relief to go back to the way we were living before… But beautiful how you share here that there is a different way to go through a detox and how it can support us to blossom and unfold more of who we truly are back into how we live our every day.

  38. Just imagine if detoxes were built in to our jobs, our education, if everyone had the opportunity to reboot and to let go of all the old beliefs and patterns that we accumulate… What a blessing this would be.

  39. When we think about a detox, we usually associate it with only clearing the physical body of substances that are causing us to be sluggish. We generally, do not see a detox as something that can change our patterns, ideals and beliefs for the rest of our life.

  40. Amazing to approach a detox, something many people are doing at this time in January, in a whole new way. As a new platform to build from instead of a goal and then a binge back again to the way it was before. Having a detox to clear and build from takes a whole new meaning to it.

  41. I agree – a detox is a life long programme we can put ourselves on, continuously refining and making choices to let go of what does not belong to us.

  42. It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being. It is a great place to be in when we have an understanding that all our answers come from inside of us and our hurts are not a part of who we truly are but merely something we have taken on emotionally.

  43. When I walk into a session with a Universal Medicine practitioner my movements are already showing and exposing where I am at before any word is spoken. To acknowledge and accept where I am at whether it is in joy or a withholding in that moment is truly embracing the present and healing my body. In that moment I can allow whatever it is that needs to come up, be exposed and let it go.

  44. I love how you talk about peeling back the layers, those that have faded and are no longer necessary, the more honest we are with ourselves the more we are willing to let go of what no longer serves us or humanity.

  45. Cherise you have such a beautiful way of expressing through writing. I enjoyed reading about your detox, that was to uncover more of the delicate beauty within, not aiming for a certain body image or to recover from past indulgences – simply you returning to full bloom.

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